In today's busy world, it's not typical to say you had a mindless experience. If you're looking for one though, I highly recommend floating in a sensory deprivation tank. I've been trying to consciously spend less money on “stuff” and more money on experiences.  Whether it is for myself or for a gift, I am aware that supporting businesses like spas, restaurants, and theaters keep our money closer to home. I recently got a chance to try this new, relaxing experience so I could share it with you.

Have you heard of sensory deprivation? Are you wondering what exactly sensory deprivation is? It is a private space where you can experience freedom from your senses. It sounds a bit weird, right? I promise you won't think that while all your cares are floating away. I was lucky enough to be invited for two one-hour sessions at Manhattan's Float Science.

Float Science Tips For Your First Sensory Deprivation Tank Experience

{Here's a photo of the tank.}

The tanks they use are called the Oasis Relaxation System and they are manufactured in the USA. I have to admit, the first five minutes (or what felt like five minutes) seemed unfamiliar. Once I relaxed I felt weightless and fully relaxed. I didn't want to move when my session was up – my limbs felt really heavy and I wanted to fall asleep. I know some people don't enjoy massage because they don't want someone else touching them. If you want a relaxing experience without having to interact with someone, floating is the perfect experience! If you haven't floated before, here are some tips for your first sensory deprivation tank experience.

  • Arrive early and prep yourself for a relaxing experience. Close your eyes, take deep breathes, start freeing yourself of stress. This will help you make the most of your session.
  • Don't be afraid of darkness or silence. It's going to feel odd being in a tank that's dark and unknown, but your session will be up before you know it.
  • Get ready to take two showers, one before and one after your float session. You have to prep before you go in the tank, and wash the salt off when you come out of it.
  • Make sure to lean your head back when you get out of the tank, otherwise the salt water will get in your eyes, and that's not fun!
  • Don't forget your bathing suit.

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Float Science Tips for Sensory Deprivation Tank